Boise State University Has Announced the Appointment of Three Women Scholars to Endowed Chairs

Boise State University in Idaho has announced the appointment of three faculty members to endowed chairs. All three appointments went to women.

“Through the generosity of Boise State donors we’ve been able to install these three impressive faculty members, whose expertise and scholarship have an enormous impact on the students they teach,” said vice president for university advancement Matthew Ewing.

“We are amplifying faculty innovation at Boise State by focusing on endowed faculty positions that can elevate the success of our students and campus,” added Marlene Tromp, president of the university. “Recruiting and retaining high-caliber faculty researchers opens the doors to exciting research opportunities for our students, grows our impact, and produces findings that have real impacts in our community.”

The three women appointed to endowed chairs are:

Ruth Jebe was named to the Robert V. Hansberger Endowed Chair in Business Ethics. She joined the faculty at the university in 2016 after teaching for 12 years at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Her research explores ethical issues for multinational corporations and sustainability in business. Professor Jebe holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota. She earned a master’s degree in management from the University of Denver.

Stephanie Martin was appointed to the Frank and Bethine Church Endowed Chair in Public Affairs. She was an associate professor of communication and public affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her most recent book, Decoding the Digital Church: Evangelical Storytelling and the Election of Donald J. Trump (University of Alabama Press, 2021), was a finalist for the Book of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. Dr. Martin is a graduate of Boise State University, where she majored in business administration. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Syracuse University in New York and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of California, San Diego.

Emily Wakild now holds the Andrus Center for Public Policy Endowed Chair. She joined the university’s department of history in 2012 and directed the environmental studies program from 2018 to 2022. She is a scholar of nature conservation and public lands and has published widely on environmental pedagogy. Dr. Wakild is the author of Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico’s National Parks, 1910-1940 (University of Arizona Press, 2011). Professor Wakild is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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